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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: Everything you need to know

The wait is now finally over! Meet the Galaxy S8 and S8+!
By: Lana Jelic | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News | Posted: Mar 29, 2017 4:40 pm

After months of numerous rumors and weeks of countless leaks, Samsung has unveiled their highly-anticipated flagship devices - the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

 

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There are high expectations from Samsung especially after the Note7 fiasco, so the decision to skip MWC for the first time in four years and unveil their new Galaxy S series smartphone didn't surprise us. The wait is now finally over!

 

As we previously reported, the Korean giant ditched the 'Edge' since both smartphones have a curved display. The company decided to put a plus sign in the name of the phone instead of naming it "Plus," as Apple does with its phones. This move also makes sense considering that is how they named the Galaxy S6 Edge+.

 

Without further ado, meet the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

 

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, with a different in the screen size - the Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch display, while the Galaxy S8+ comes with a 6.2-inch screen. Both phones come with an extra wide aspect ratio of 18.5:9, and with 2960 x 1440 resolution.

 

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have a beautiful design with an end-to-end bezel-less screen that splits over the phone's sides. The fingerprint sensor is now in the back of the devices next to the camera, and there is also a new button on the device, for the virtual assistant Bixby. The company unveiled Bixby a week ago, and the devices will come with a subset Bixby-enabled preinstalled applications.

 

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Bixby will be able to complete a multitude of tasks, meaning that the virtual assistant will be able to do almost anything that the user can do via touch. This virtual assistant will also be able to jump in to assist at any point. Bixby will understand the current context and state of the application and will allow users to carry out the current work-in-progress continuously.

 

Samsung's Bixby will also understand incomplete commands, and if needed, it will ask for further explanation.

 

Both the S8 and S8+ are powered by Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 chipsets, depending on the market. The devices come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card.

 

The phones also come with the same camera setup - rear 12MP dual pixel sensor, f/1.7 aperture, and an 8MP front shooter, f/1.7 aperture.

 

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Another difference, other than the screen size, is the battery capacity. The Galaxy S8 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery while the S8+ has a bigger 3,500 mAh battery. Both phones support fast and wireless charging.

 

Read also: These are the differences between the Galaxy S7 and S8

 

Both phones are waterproof (IP68), come with Gorilla Glass 5 and an iris scanner.

 

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will launch in Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. The phones will hit the markets on April 21st (in the US) and April 28th (in Europe).

 

Samsung didn't mention the pricing and we will update you on that. However, rumor has it that the Galaxy S8 will cost 809 euros which is around $870 and the Galaxy S8+ 909 euors (around $980).

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